Perth, Western Australia
Dalecki Design is a nationally award-winning design firm, specialising in utilising existing structures to create striking contemporary designs. The Studio’s core belief is that design should not only be functional and beautiful, but it should also contribute positively to the environment. This has led to a strong focus on solar passive design principles and careful material selection, ensuring both an architecturally striking finish and optimal living conditions.
Director Janik Dalecki, has developed a reputation for delivering modern, architectural designs and interiors focused on the functional use of space, finished to an exceptional quality. Dalecki Design has partnered with a diverse range of clients in both the residential and commercial market, providing individual design solutions tailored to meet their unique needs and budgets for both additions and alterations as well as new builds.
How and when did your studio begin?
Director, Janik Dalecki formed Dalecki Design in 2015 after working within the industry for over 10 years. Janik’s experience and technical training led to a strong belief in passive solar design principles and best utilising the resources and materials readily available to you, including those provided by mother nature. By establishing his own firm, Janik was allowing himself the creative freedom to create beautiful designs that not only meet the unique requirements of his diverse range of clients but also contribute positively to the environment.
Who is involved?
Director: Janik Dalecki
Where do you find inspiration for the studio? Are there any local ones?
Inspiration comes from everywhere! The architectural projects that I have seen both in Perth and around Australia recently make me extremely proud to be a part of this industry and inspire me to push the boundaries in my own designs.
One of my favourite firms in the country is Sansarc Studio. All of their designs are fun and colourful, with a quirk factor that I love. Their projects are an excellent example of how great design should not only give consideration to structure, but also to the atmosphere that is created within. All of their spaces are carefully thought out and detailed, whilst still being understated.
Perth is seen as an emerging city, particularly for creative industries - do you feel like there are more opportunities in WA right now?
In recent times, I have definitely seen a shift in the way Western Australia looks at Design. People are being bold and are willing to take risks. Gone are the days of the cream brick house- no one wants a cookie cutter home.
I am seeing an increase in clients who are open to alternative designs as well as alternative building materials. I am also seeing an increase in consciousness as to the effect our building has on the environment. I think with increased publicity surrounding issues like global warming, people are starting to see the bigger picture outside of their own picket fence, which is very exciting.
What do you think makes working in Western Australia unique?
I think one of the best things about living in Western Australia, in Perth in particular, is our close proximity to both the Hills and the Coast. This gives us a huge variety of architecture, from large country homes to so-called ‘beach shacks’. As a Building Designer, this variety certainly keeps things interesting.
One of the other things that I love as a designer is our isolation from the rest of the Australia. On the East Coast, I think it is easy to get wrapped up in the East Coast pocket, looking to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and even Tasmania for inspiration. However, in Western Australia, you can clearly see external influences in our architecture. Whilst we do still look East for inspiration, being just as close to parts of Asia as we are to the other side of our own country, this means we see a wide variety of Asian influences in our designs.
What kind of projects is the studio known for?
The studio has developed a reputation for utilising existing structures as the solid building bones of a striking, contemporary home. I am extremely lucky, as these are the projects that I love the most. It is hard to resist the charm of a character home- one that has its own unique story to tell. When you pair this with a well designed, modern addition, it is a winning combination every time.
What should we expect to see from the studio in the future?
As well as some striking additions and alterations in the works, we also have some beautiful, architectural new builds under construction.
You should expect to see this continuing level of variety coming out of the studio.
Also, expect to see stunning architectural homes that rely on mother nature in it’s everyday temperature control. Often, passive design is an afterthought in the design process, with a lot of people having the view that good design needs to be compromised in order to implement solar passive design principles. Beautiful design is rarely associated with an environmentally conscious home. We want to show that you can have your cake and eat it too!
All images by Dion Robeson